New year resolutions for PMO

What will be the new year resolutions for your PMO?

Well the end of another year and most of us will be reflecting on the events and achievements for the year as well as the plans and goals for the year to come.  Many see the start of a new year as the opportunity to make new year resolutions on how we want to make…

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What does your PMO end of year report look like?

For those who have children, or those who can remember their school days, an important check on progress was the school report.  This was and still is produced at the end of the school year and provides a summary of a child’s performance for the school year.  This is great for the school as it…

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PMO performance – make sure you are measuring success

A common argument from project managers and senior management is that a PMO does not add value and creates bureaucracy.  This than can make it very difficult for the PMO to make progress, which results in limited value that can lead to the PMO being closed.  Obvious choice if you are a senior management, why…

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Implementing a PMO to meet sponsor requirements

If you have followed the last 3 posts, you will have an understanding of why it is important to determine clear sponsor requirements, convert to SMART objectives, create PMO Vision and Mission statements to allow the definition of PMO design principles that are aligned to objectives.  All well and good.  Now the PMO needs to…

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Capturing PMO Vision

Capturing the PMO vision and mission allowing definition of design principle

Post explaining how to capture PMO Vision and Mission so that it can be translated into design principles for your PMO. Includes an example worksheet,

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Steps to translate objectives to smart objectives

Define PMO objectives and translate to SMART objectives

In the last post, Defining objectives for a PMO to help the sponsor measure success, it provided and overview of how to define objectives to help the sponsor understand the value provided by a PMO.  The post included a simple action plan covering the important points. This post will expand on the first 2 points…

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Example project cost trend analysis template

Example of simple PMO cost trend analysis tool

The last post, How a PMO can use cost trend analysis to identify project budget under and overruns, it covered how using cost trend analysis can help a PMO quickly identify where there may be budget issues.  This post will cover a simple approach that can be used to conduct this analysis. Objective The objective…

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Calculating project over and under runs with trend analysis

How a PMO can use cost trend analysis to identify budget under and overruns

One of the responsibilities of  project manager is to manage the project budget.  This covers, estimating the initial budget (in most cases or at least reviewing), creating a monthly budget plan, tracking progress (actual) spend and then re-forecasting budget required (known as the estimate to complete – ETC). Unfortunately, while some project managers are very…

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Project team meeting

PMO tips – Importance of meeting logistics

This may appear to be a strange topic to cover in a post.  However, if you stop to think, a meeting has usually been organised for a very good reason (if not do not hold the meeting).  It involves a number of people giving up valuable time which is a cost to an organisation.  Some…

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PMO tips: 5 actions how a PMO can add value

PMO tips – 5 actions for a PMO to quickly add value

Unfortunately, there is still an unfair perception that PMO’s add little value, often being labelled as adding layers of bureaucracy.  While completely untrue, this is something that anyone tasked with setting up a PMO needs to be aware of and actively manage. An important aspect to managing this is delivering value early.  Unfortunately, most stakeholders…

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